Robert Sacchi, Who Played Bogart Again and Again, Dies at 89

by Msnbctv news staff

Robert Patsy Sacchi was born on March 27, 1932, in Rome and immigrated with his parents, Marietta (D’Urbano) Sacchi and Alberto Sacchi, to New York when he was a baby. His father was a carpenter.

After graduating from high school, he earned a degree in business and finance from Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., and a master’s degree from New York University.

In addition to his daughter Ms. Bertisch, he is survived by his wife, Angela de Hererra; a son, the producer John Sacchi; six children from an earlier marriage, Robert Sacchi Jr., Barbara Cohen, Felicia Carroll, Maria Tolstonog, Lisa Osborne and Anthony Sacchi; his brother, Mario Sacchi; and three grandchildren.

He had some success in parts not related to Bogart, including roles in three 1972 films: “The French Sex Murders,” “Pulp” and “Across 110th Street.” He had some non-acting success as well: In the 1980s, he recorded a rap single, “Jungle Queen,” that was a hit in Germany and worked on a book with the boxer Willie Pep about slum children who grew up to achieve fame in the ring.

Yet he would remain best known for how he looked. His 5-foot-8 frame, brooding eyes, furrowed brow and craggy face cried out for a famous movie line to be rewritten as “Here’s lookin’ at me, kid.”

He accepted that it was his face that gained him attention. But as a teenager at least, he would have chosen a different one.

“I mean, I never thought Bogie was too terrific-looking,” Mr. Sacchi once said. “Like most kids at the time, I wanted to look like Gregory Peck.”

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